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Volume 18, Number 12—December 2012


Borrelia, Rickettsia, and Ehrlichia Species in Bat Ticks, France, 2010

Cristina Socolovschi, Tahar Kernif, Didier Raoult, and Philippe ParolaComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes, Marseille, France (C. Socolovschi, T. Kernif, D. Raoult); World Health Organization Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille (P. Parola)

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Video. . . Ventral view of a live adult argasid tick under 10× magnification. This tick species (Argas vespertilionis) is associated with bats and bat habitats in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The body outline is circular. The integument is smooth and marked by a fine network of small, irregular cells among which regular, subparallel rows of larger disks radiate. Legs arise from the anterior half of the body and are shorter than the body; coxae are contiguous; and tarsi are tapered and lack dorsal humps (2). The video is 26 seconds long and has no audio.

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